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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I need some help from any of you that have been out to the Sante Fe/Taos Area.

We are putting together a trip for March in either Santa Fe or the Taos area and am looking for a resort/ski area that would be good for Begineers to ski.

We are going to have a bunch of little ones and a few seniors that haven't skied in long while.

post #2 of 26
In general Santa Fe is a better hill for newbies, though if they are quite athletic - they will find the instruction excellent at Taos. Expert skiers find everything about Taos excellent, it is after all among the steepest mountains in North America. Better snow at Taos as well.
post #3 of 26
Angel Fire is just down the road from Taos, and is pretty much 100% beginner hill. Check it out, the snow is pretty good, as well.

Oh, and make sure to order something with green chile on it. Best in the world!
post #4 of 26
Santa Fe is pretty much a locals hill, so you won't find much in the way of ameneties; just a day lodge. Fun little mid-mountin lodge though. And of course, there is plenty to do around there, its about a half hour drive back and forther from Santa Fe. Pretty small mountain, but what terrain they have is interesting and fairly varied. I really enjoy it - was there last weekend (only 2 trails open but with blowers good coverage on those trails) and had a great time.

One thing with sneiors, etc., remember that these resorts (esp. Ski Basin) are quite high. So watch out for altitude issues.

Wehn I was a Taso last year, it looked like there was a fair amout of terrain that would be interesting and fun for novices, both around the base area below Kachina (forget what the lift is) and on the other side on far skier's right, IIRC. I think it would be a fun cozy place to bring the family, much more of a desitination thing. And of course, there is a lot to do and see around the area as well.
post #5 of 26
Any particular reason why you would want to take beginners (especially children) on such a long trip?
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by milesb:
Any particular reason why you would want to take beginners (especially children) on such a long trip?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mother in laws 60th Birthday. Which means where she wanted to go. And she is paying for the whole trip.
post #7 of 26
The place that I marked on my list of return areas last year was Sandia Peak just outside of Albuquerque. The biggest reason was that I skiied all 8 of the New Mexico ski areas during the week of spring break on the Ski New Mexico pass, and Sandia was the only one not completely covered up with Texans! It was not crowded during the week, and the snow was in very good shape. I had expected something that would appear as an afterthought ski area but I was pleasantly surperised. It has some very nice cruiser runs, and the ski area is a little over 7500 ft. long. Expert terrain is almost non-existant, but the rest of the mountain would make up for it with the rest of the family. Everything funnels to the base area, so it is almost perfectly built for groups that want to 'assemble' occasionally.
The thing that would most affect my decision for a return trip is accessibility. New Mexico ski areas are characterized by tiny winding roads that lead you high into a frozen, shadowed ski area. That is also true for Sandia Peak, but you can delete the tiny, long, winding road part. It is easily accessed from Cedar Crest in just a few minutes, and Albuquerque is just minutes away with all the big city charm you could ask for. It IS the closest ski area to a major airport in the US, and I think probably the continent. The one drawback is that it can be snow challlenged at times, but it was good during spring break last year, and this year is shaping up to be better.
AMS problems will probably be minimal because it is not one of the really high resorts in New Mexico.
Drop me a line if you need a little guidance on the surronding area. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 26
feallen has the best idea.
post #9 of 26
But then again, if she is paying, go to Taos and stay at the Snakedance Inn, right at the lifts! enroll everyone in school and have a blast. Watch out for the Texans, though! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #10 of 26
When is spring break for Texas? I'll be skiing at Santa Fe/Taos/Wolf Creek from March 22-27... do I have anything to worry about?

And having lived in ABQ for a few years, I can say that Sandia Peak isn't the steepest or snowiest place, but it's close and convenient for a quick day trip.
post #11 of 26
Spring break for the Texas crowd last year was March 12,13,14,15,16. The only ski resorts that weren't crowded that week were Sandia Peak and Pajarito(only open on weekends).
I want to respond to the Taos idea. It is the best resort!, but for Midwesterners that haven't skiied in quite a while, it may be a bit much. The trail ratings there are quite a bit harsher than at the surrounding ski areas. Pajarito and Taos both rate their terrain for the expert skier, while most other New Mexico resorts seem to bend over backwards to conservatively rate their terrain for the beginner crowd. After all, most New Mexico resorts survive entirely on the novice Texan crowd.
post #12 of 26
The fact that mostly flatlanders crowd their slopes is part of what makes Taos and Wolf Creek great. While the Green and Blue slopes are hammered with people, the steeps are still empty!
post #13 of 26
Hey, guys, lay off the Texan-bahing!

As far as resorts go, Sandia isn't that great. You'd be better served to hit Angel Fire or Taos. Taos' ski school is exceptional, if you want to take lessons while you're there.
post #14 of 26
More Bush-speak?
post #15 of 26
The Texas skier bashing has a place in planning for trips. Southern flatlanders(I am one of them) react differently to snow than northerners. When a learning flatlander falls down, they often stop and play in the snow because they are so mesmerized by something they seldom come in contact with. --The end result is that the slopes of these ski areas with lots of novice Texans are obstacle courses with moving obstacles. I think they are VERY dangerous and try my darndest to avoid them. I love to sit and watch the wonder and merriment that these people can get from snow, but it isn't the best skiing experience available.
They are all fine people, but skiing is predominantly mental, and novice behavior on a mountain that gives access to all skiers on all parts of the mountain can really change the experience! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #16 of 26

post #17 of 26
What about me guys? Born and raised in the Alps, skied first and walked second my parents' house 100 yards from the slope; now I live in Texas, 100 yards from the highway. Some people have to work for a living so you have to stay where the work is taking you.
Anyway, to answer gentleman's question, I fell in love with Taos Ski Valley. Put my son through their ski school there and was highly impressed. Plus, the place is very beautiful and the crowd is great.
And if you decide to go there, ask your mother in law to go all the way: ask her to take you one night at The Bavarian up in the mountain for an exquisite dinner. Their venison medallions are to kill for.
Go to Taos my friend.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 21, 2001 04:17 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Maitre ]</font>
post #18 of 26
Hey - and Texas isn't all bad, Austin is a very cool town. And . . . uh, hey Austin is a very cool town! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #19 of 26
I'm real sorry if I stepped on some of you fellow Texan's toes. I certainly wasn't pointing at the many Texans who are good skiers; or more importantly, those Texans who understand the 'unwritten rules' at ski areas.
Last year at Angel Fire, I took off down one of the few decently graded groomed runs and what did I find over the first little ridge, but a woman with her two kids having a picnic right in the middle of the run. I managed to avoid them, but in the process came close enough to kick some snow on them. They yelled all sorts of obsenities at me as I gained my composure and skied on down the run. I thought that was about as brazen as I could expect, but after stopping to think about it, I realized that I had been dodging the same kind of behavior most of the week at various different areas.
I'm just wondering if I am upset over nothing about this, or is this something that is particularly bad in areas where there are a lot of southern flatlanders. In any case, I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I might of offended with my 'crusade against novice Texan skiers'. [img]redface.gif[/img]
post #20 of 26
feallen, those picnic goers had to be from Oklahoma. Those people north of the Red River aren't all there.
post #21 of 26
Lol, I think feal and inester are complete morons, and have embarrassed the fine people of New Mexico that I have met. But, every forum has those kinds of members. Btw, I don't live in Texas.
post #22 of 26
BOY, the troll(skiluvr03) sure had to dig a long way to find something to grouse about!!

...Just another example of why there aren't many people posting around here these days. --Nothing very 'epic' about what the place has turned into lately.

[ January 24, 2004, 03:53 PM: Message edited by: feal ]
post #23 of 26
Lol, I didn't even have to scratch very hard since this was the first post I read in the whole forum since it was my first time. I know there are alot of good people here who are just like me, just trying to become a better skiier. I hope alot of people don't feel the way you all do, 'cause I am going to Angel Fire soon, and I plan to do some partying while I'm there and I hope the people don't care where I come from. If they are like the people in the rest of New Mexico, then I know I won't have a problem.

post #24 of 26
Just in case you haven't noticed for yourself, a novice coming in here and pronouncing judgement on experienced members isn't exactly the most tactful beginning a person can make.

...Many of the more informed members have melted into the background and let the vocal 'newbies' fashion a new style and feel for the forum. - Not necessarily better or worse, but certainly different. ...And not necessarily for Me!!!

Good luck!
post #25 of 26
That's too funny, you giving me advice on judging people. No hard feeling here, as I do believe in free speech. I am not the type to be sitting quietly by while I'm being offended, either. Good Snow Season for All!!!
post #26 of 26
Being a relative "newbie" to epic, I enjoy just about every post here. I felt that "skiluvr03" might be taking the reply of feal and inester's take on "flatlanders" a little toooooo serious. Being a la. flatlander (5ft elv. above sea level), I couldn't help but laugh....I learned to ski at angel fire and have to admit he is, to some degree , correct!!!The only difference is when cajuns have a picnic in the middle of a run, we usually have beer and boiled crawfish and invite fellow texans to enjoy..
Sorry for our laspe in manners Feal, we should have invited you!

Getting back to the origanal post, I think angel fire is a great ski mountain for the whole family, a great place to brush up and
get time on snow. But treat yourself to at least a couple of days in Taos Ski Valley...Great, great ski mountain.
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